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Food Irradiation Plant Settles With Petitioners

posted on November 12, 2004

The operator of a Pennsylvania plant that uses radiation to kill bacteria in foods and other products has agreed to make safety improvements in a settlement with three people who challenged its operating license.

Under the agreement, CFC Logistics will make two changes to its nuclear irradiator, which can be used to sterilize anything from meat to medical supplies. In return, petitioners Tom and Kelly Helt and Andrew Ford agreed to drop all legal action. Other petitioners who did not sign the agreement are pondering their next move.

The CFC irradiator received a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license last year. Like most of the 50 or so irradiators in the United States, the facility uses radioactive cobalt 60.

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